Surely the criteria should be whether the irimi nage is proficient andc onforms to aiki principles rather than whether it looks good, feels better[for uke /tori?and a better? show etc?cheers, Joe,
Of course - I was merely commenting on how an overly compliant uke (ie. the fall down type) is ultimately self defeating (that may be a pun). You did mention "look" in your post.
By the way I also agree that a more direct irimi nage is ultimately more satisfying all round.